Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health
Executive Director, Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI)
phone: 6048754260
work phone: 6048754111 ext:68898

Biography

Dr. Brotto is an academic psychologist funded by the CIHR, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Canadian Pain Society, National Vulvodynia Association, and other foundations. She is frequently sought after for media coverage of sexual health related topics and is actively involved in knowledge dissemination.

Teaching

Sexual health interviewing for medical students and obgyn residents. Supervisor for psychology residency.

Research Interests/Skills

My program of research focuses on women’s sexual health, broadly speaking. Specific lines of research focus on the development and testing of mindfulness-based and psychological treatments for women’s

Publications
2019-2020 listed below.  All publications can be found at https://brottolab.med.ubc.ca/publications/

Grants
  • UBC VP Research & Innovation / Collaborative Research Mobility Award.
    Transforming women’s health care through research and collaboration: A provincial strategy.  (2018-2019).
    PI: Brotto. L.

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Undergraduate Summer Researcher Award.
    Investigations into the neural underpinnings & biological correlates of asexuality. 
    (2018).
    PI:
    Brotto. L. Student: Wang, A.

  • International Society for Sexual Medicine Grant
    EYES Study: Investigating visual attention and sexual response in women with and without sexual concerns.
    (2017-2019).
    PIs: Velten, J. &
    Brotto, L. A.

  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Reach Award
    Disseminating infographic scientific data about women’s genital pain using social media.
    (2017).
    PI: Brotto, L. A.
    Co-Lead: Barry, L.

  • Prostate Cancer Canada, Movember Discovery Grant
    Innovations in the treatment of sexual dysfunction and couple intimacy after prostate cancer: A randomized trial of mindfulness versus cognitive behavioural therapy.
    (2017-2019).
    PI:
    Brotto, L.
    Co-I:  Higano, C. 

  •      Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Scholars Theme Development Workshop.
    Establishing a UBC collaborative of mindfulness and contemplative practices research.  (2017).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
  •       Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Planning and Dissemination Grant.
    Improving consideration of sex and gender in clinical trials of cardiovascular disease.  (2016-2017).
    PIs: Brotto, L., & Pederson, A.
    Co-Is: Coen, S., Doull, M. J., Jull, J. E., Petkovic, J., Puil, L., Runnels, V. E., Shea, B. J., Welch, V. A., Yoganathan, M.
  •       Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Discovery Grant Program Award.
    Investigations into the neural underpinnings and biological correlates of asexuality. (2017-2022).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
  •       Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Convening & Collaborating award.
    Transforming women’s health through research: A provincial research strategy. (2016-2018).
    PI: Brotto, L.
    Co-Is: Shaw, D., Ogilvie, G., Mitchell, S., & K. Dewar.
  •       Astrazeneca Canada Inc.
    Oncology clinic-based testing in British Columbia. (2016-2017).
    PIs: Brotto, L.A., & Schrader, I.
    CoI’s: Sun, S., Aubertin, G., Nuk, J.
  •      Canadian Foundation for Innovation / John R. Evans Leaders Fund – Partnerships, in collaboration with British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.
    UBC Women’s Sexual and Vulvo-vaginal Health Research Facility. (2016-2017).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
  •      VCHRI 2015 Innovation and Translational Research Award.
    North America’s first Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program: Establishing a program of research to improve genital pain in BC women. (2015-2017).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Smith, K. & Sadownik, L.
  •       Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating grant.
    Randomized comparison of mindfulness versus group support for treatment of low sexual desire in women. (2014-2019).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Basson, R., Chivers, M., Lalumière, M. & Schonert-Reichl, K.
  •       Leslie Diamond Foundation.
    Ending unvoiced pain: A comprehensive, multidisciplinary program for women’s genital pain.  (2013).
    PIs: Brotto, L.A., Sadownik, L., & Thomson, S.
  •       Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Dissemination Grant.
    Exporting an effective and feasible multidisciplinary vulvodynia program to the community. (2013-2014).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Sadownik, L.A., Klein, C.
  •       Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Dissemination Grant.
    Innovations in gynaecologic specialties: Translating science into improved health for Canadian women. (2013-2014).
    PI: Brotto, L. A.
    Co-Is: Allaire, C., Cundiff, G., Geoffrion, R., Lazare, D., Money, D., Smith, K., Wilkie, D., Williams, C., Yong, P.
  •       Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant.
    Integrated Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy versus Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Provoked Vestibulodynia.  (2012- 2015).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Basson, R., Bergeron, S., Grabovac, A., Sadownik, L., Smith, K., Driscoll, M.
  •       National Vulvodynia Association, Medical Research Fund.
    Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Pain Outcomes among Women with Vulvodynia. (2011-2015).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Smith, K.B., Basson, R., Sadownik, L.A.
  •       Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant.
    Stress Hormones, Mood and Women’s Sexual Desire. (2011-2015).
    PIs: Brotto, L.A., & Basson, R.
    Co-Is: Petkau, A., Rellini, A.H., Weinberg, J., Young, A.
  •       Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Catalyst Grant.
    Online psychoeducational treatment for sexual dysfunction in cancer survivors. (2010-2014).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Miller, D., & Brown, C.
  •       BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Network Seed Grant.
    Biological markers of asexuality. (2010).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
  •       BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Network Development Grant.
    Multidisciplinary vulvodynia research program. (2010).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Sadownik, L., Thomson, S.
  •       Hampton Research Fund Endowment.
    Sex, memory, and culture. (2009-2011).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Gorzalka, B.B. & Ryder, A.G.
  •       Women’s Health Research Institute Catalyst Grant.
    The IMPROVED study: Integrated mindfulness for provoked vestibulodynia. (2009-2010).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Basson, R., Knudson, G., Sadownik, L., & Thomson, S.
  •       Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Grant-in-Aid Program.
    Exploring acculturation and attitudes in Chinese women’s reproductive health behaviours.  (2008-2009).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
  •       Canadian Pain Society.
    Physician outreach and education about vulvodynia and the new Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program (MVP). (2008).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
  •       Leslie Diamond Foundation.
    Ending unvoiced pain: A comprehensive, multidisciplinary program for women’s genital pain. (2008-2014).
    PIs: Brotto, L.A., Sadownik, L., & Thomson, S.
  •       British Columbia Medical Services Foundation Grant.
    Group psychoeducational treatment for women with sexual arousal and desire difficulties. (2007-2012).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Basson, R., Knudson, G., & Luria, M.
  •            Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant.
    Advanced ovarian cancer and sexuality. (2006-2011).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Ehlen, T., Heywood, M., Hoskins, P. Miller, D., Pike, J., Plante, M, Stuart, G., Swenerton, P.
  •          HeRRO CIHR Seed Funds.
    Cancer health behaviours, attitudes towards sexuality, and acculturation: Decreasing disparities in East Asian women. (2006).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Barroetavena, M.C., & Gorzalka, B.
  •           Hampton Fund Research Grant in the Humanities and Social Sciences
    The role of acculturation in the interaction between barriers to cancer screening and sexuality-related beliefs and behaviours. (2006-2008).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Barroetavena, M.C., Gorzalka, B.B.
  •       British Columbia Cancer Agency.
    Exploring Damocles Syndrome (fear of cancer recurrence) in patients and health care providers. (2006).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
  •       Faculty of Medicine, Spring Start Up Funds.
    Efficacy of psychoeducation and Zestra™ for sexual dysfunction after radiation therapy. (2005).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
  •           Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Establishment Grant.
    Cervical cancer and sexuality: Effects of a psychoeducational intervention and sildenafil on sexual arousal, relationship satisfaction and quality of life after hysterectomy.  (2004-2006).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Basson, R., Thompson, S., Miller, D.
  •       Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant.
    Cervical cancer and sexuality: Effects of a psychoeducational intervention and sildenafil on sexual arousal, relationship satisfaction, and quality of life after hysterectomy.  (2004-2008).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Basson, R., Thompson, S., Miller, D.
Projects

For more information on Dr. Brotto’s latest studies in Sexual Health Research visit https://brottolab.med.ubc.ca/studies/

Awards

The Association of Academic Professionals in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (APOG) Excellence in Research Award (2017)

Nominated to receive a Women Influencer Award from the Women’s Collaborative Hub (2017)

Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association (2016)

Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health, Tier 2 (2016-2021)

The Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award for Bogaert & Brotto (2014) “Object of Desire Self-Consciousness Theory”, Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 40, 323-338. Sponsored by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. (2015)

University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Clinical and Applied Research. (2015)

 Nominated to receive the UBC President’s Award for Public Education through Media. (2014)

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, Early Career Scholar (2011-2012)

 Nominated to receive the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, Health and Active Living Category. (2009)

International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, Prize Essay Award Recipient. (2008)